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Faith Like Potatoes

Normally I don’t watch “Christian” movies. Mostly because they tend to be very cheese and poorly made – which is kind of sad.

However, over the past few months I have watched two films that have changed my view of “Christian” movies. The first one was “Fireproof” – which did a great job at highlighting the struggles in a marriage and the need for Christ’s unconditional love.

The second film is “Faith Like Potatoes”.

It is a movie based upon the real life story of Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer. The film opens for an angry Angus forced to flee Zambia due to the unrest in the area. He resettles his family in South Africa only to fall into depression, anger and fear. [@more@]

Finally at the end of his rope and the prodding of his wife, Augus attends a church function where he is broken on the altar. The corn fields become his “green cathedral” as he seeks God from the seat of a tractor or the saddle of his horse. Life doesn’t automatically get “better” for Angus – but he does have Jesus to walk beside him.

Don’t let the South African setting fool you – it is a movie about all of us – especially those living in farming and/or ranching communities.

If possible, watch “Faith Like Potatoes” – better yet, gather a bunch of your friends together and watch it. Only, make sure you turn on the close captioning feature as the actors’ South African accents are a bit tough to understand. Laughing

The Dark Knight

If you haven’t seen the Dark Knight – I would recommend renting it.


The film does an amazing job at highlighting the different angles and choices behind real life ethical situations. When faced with a choice, do we lower our morals for the “greater good”? Or do we stay firm and possible bring harm to others?

Without giving away too much, the Joker (whom Heath Ledger portrayed beautifully – if I can use that word to describe the Joker…) is a complicated character who cares less about his safety and more about turning “good” into “bad”. He wants Batman to kill him – to turn from the morals that guide him and cross over to the darkness of evil.

Is that not what the evil one is doing to us every day? What path would we choose?[@more@]

About the same time that I saw the Dark Knight, I watched the Kingdom of Heaven with Orlando Bloom. Half way through the movie the main character had a choice to do something small, but unethical, that would give him wealth and power. Or he could refuse and remain ethical – but in doing so would cause a war between nations that would kill hundreds of innocent lives.

What do you do? Do you, as one of the characters said, do a “little evil for the sake of a greater good”?

The Dark Knight takes this theme and expands it beyond anything the Kingdom of Heaven could have imagined.

Rent it and watch it with an eye towards your own life – the situation may not be as “glamour” or as “brutal”, but the choices are there. Which path are you going to choose?


Just for the fun of it – here are some cool quotes from the flick to spice up your appetite Cool


  • "You've changed things… forever. There's no going back. See, to them, you're just a freak… like me!" –The Joker
  • "Starting tonight, people will die. I'm a man of my word." –The Joker
  • "Whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you stranger" –The Joker
  • "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." –Harvey Dent
  • "You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness, and I won't kill you, because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever." –The Joker
  • “Some men aren't looking for anything logical. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn." –Alfred

I Am Legend

Vampires, Zombies, and Will Smith – what could be better?

Ever since the first trailers hit the big screen, I have wanted to see I Am Legend. However, life forbid me the opportunity to indulge in the colored pixels.

Enter NetFlicks (insert Long Ranger sound track here)

All and all, the movie was really good. I was expecting it to be more of a thriller – shoot, I even had my blanket ready to cover my eyes!

The best part of the movie was watching how the vampire/zombies began to learn and adapt to their virus. At the same time Will Smith’s character, Robert Neville, was going mental due to the lack of human interaction and the loss of his dog.

(For those who don’t know the premise – Neville is the last human alive in New York City and possibility the whole world. Everyone else was infected with a virus that turned them into vampire/zombies.)

The sad part was the ending.

Not for “normal” reasons. It just didn’t fit…[@more@]

I mean – the point of the whole thing was to show that society changes and we must change with it. Neville spend his life trying to turn back the clock and re-create society as he knew it.

Yet, at the end – at least in the book – he realizes that the vampires have created their own society and are now happy. He, by capturing them and performing medical tests, had become a “legend” among the vampires.

It is this lesson that causes Neville to say “I am legend”.

However, the movie did not end that way… that is why I’m sad.

American audiences could not handle it – the director originally ended the movie like the book, but took it out after a few test screenings.  Sigh.

The good news is that you can watch the originally ending online.

Mamma Mia!

I watched Mamma Mia! last night with the fam. It was very good!!

Yelp – I quite enjoyed this chick flick. =)

The songs were good – well, the one's that Pierce Brosnan DIDN'T sing! Tongue out

If you have some time, grab a friend and watch Mamma Mia! It's worth it. 

Have fun. Cool

A High School Musical Marathon

The problem with living with two ladies is the romantic movies or “chick flicks” they watch. The great depression has hit the Ardell Household.  

This weekend we had a High School Musical Marathon – luckily without the bouncing sing-a-long ball. Of course, this didn’t really stop the sign-a-long, it just stopped the subtitles. Undecided

High School Musical: A Review

Ok. I will confess. I did enjoy watching this flick. Yelp – it is one of the best comedies out there!

What do you mean it’s not a comedy? Have you SEEN it?  It’s a comedy.

Well…sure there was this couple who got together…but man, it was funny. =)  Oh – and the songs were pretty cool as well.  I especially liked the basketball song (“Keep your head in the game” – or something like that).  [@more@]

High School Musical 2: A Second Review

Being a marathon, we had to watch the sequel. Unfortunately, this movie wasn’t as good as the first (very few sequels are).  

Personally, I did not like the fact that the whole movie was based upon the break up of Troy and Gabriella.   It’s like – dude, we just watched them get together! Why do we want to watch them break up?!  Sigh.

The kitchen scene was pretty cool, though.  Oh – and the baseball song. That one rocked!!

Prince Caspian: A Movie Review

It was a random act – an unplanned movement – a situation with no pre-planning. Saturday evening at 9:40 pm and we were walking home after a long day downtown… it was at that time in space that we noticed Prince Caspian was playing at 9:45 pm…. end of story.

Now for the flick

It was great! We both really enjoyed it!  =)

If you have been reading anything on the web about Prince Caspian you will know that they didn't follow the book as close as they did with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The reason for this deviation was legitimate – ie. the book doesn't lend itself to a movie in the sequences that it was written. [@more@]

For example, after we are reintroduced to the Pevensie kids in the book, Lewis goes into a huge back flash telling the story of Caspian. Since this is a little tough to do on the big screen (not counting those really weird flicks that are all back-flashes and leave you wondering what the heck happened).  

Anyway, I digress.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian does a great job in convening the truth of the book. Mainly that God does not deliver His people the same way twice. In fact, Lewis show that God will use the most unlikely person in the world to save His people.

Prince Caspian is a Telmarine prince whose people have ruled Naria for hundreds of years. The Telmarines are a brutal people bend on killing all true Narians – a genocide of massive proportion.

It is this boy that Aslan chooses to deliver the Narians. Kinda reminds you of Moses… raised by an evil king, taught to lead in the best schools, and secretly trained in the ways of the Lord.  

High King Peter

With out spoiling the movie, I really like the way the film deals with pride and self reliance. The flick has High King Peter trying to save the Narians on his own without the help of Aslan. While not in the book, it is perfect as I can see him trying to do this.  In fact, I see myself trying to do this all the time… Undecided

Queen Susan

She is one kick-ass gueen!  That's right, instead of sitting on the side lines and fainting at sight of blood – Queen Susan gets in there and lets the arrows fly!  

Kind Edmond and Queen Lucy

The film didn't really spend much time on these two characters…which I thought was very sad. Yet, the producers where limited by time and a plot line. Tongue out

The Real Hero

It's a sad, sad world when people do not recognize the real hero of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. This is the one character who bravely tackles foes of all types, regardless of size or experience. He serves his people well – so much so that they hold only the greatest love and respect for him.

It is a sign of the decay of the age when the real hero doesn't get much screen time. Instead the movie focuses on the minor characters. sigh. This is another example of Hollywood gone a stray.  There should be a law again this!!!!

What?!!! You don't know who this is this hero is? The one true hero of Narina!? He is ONE who saves all of Naria from the graps of the evil Telmarines!!!  

The entire movie is about him!! That's right – Reepicheep!!!!


Iron Man: Film Review

Last night was a date night – Imax style. That’s correct – Iron Man on the Imax screen. It was a blast!!

As nerdy as I may be, I’ve never been a comic book fan boy (unless you count Peanuts or Schlock). Iron Man to me was a guy in a metal suit – nothing more. However, I happened upon a Time magazine article about Robert Downey Jr. I was impressed with Downey’s background and his struggles to put his life back together.

At one point in the article it mentioned Iron Man and how hard Downey worked to get the roll of Tony Stark. That sparked my interest in the movie so I asked Em to request it via our Netflick account. That is when I figured out that it wasn’t to be released until May 2nd….

On May 2nd all I heard about from co-workers and online blog/forums was how good the Iron Man movie was. That did it – I was going to go check it out for myself. Hence the date night.[@more@]

The great thing was that the film did not disappoint us – it was great! It had all the right balance of action, character development and humor (not to mention very little “bad” stuff).

If you have the opportunity to see it – go for it!! I would tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin the event. Tongue out

By the way, Marvel Comic / Film Studio have announced that Iron Man 2 will be released on April 30, 2010. That’s right – it was such a hit that they are gearing up for number two (granted they went into Iron Man with the plans to make a sequel if it was received well).

Then it gets better – Marvel is going to make a full blown Avengers film in 2011! Imagine: Iron Man, Hulk, Spider Man, X-Man, Nick Fury and Capitan America in one film. Talk about a blow out!!

Iron Man Trailer:

(for those who haven’t seen or heard of the film)


Blood Diamond

We just finished watching "Blood Diamond"….  For years I have avoided it because I knew it dealt with painful injustice in Africa. That's the thing, you can watch the film as a work of fiction – and walk away just as you came.  

Or you can watch it as it was meant to be watched – as real life. These things happen – are happening – in Africa today as I type. It's a hard bullet to bite….  In a land that has seen peace for 100 years, war and all it's horrors are hard to picture.  There's a huge disconnect.

I liked what the reporter gal in the film said when asked why she keeps going into conflict areas – "Maybe I give a shit".  That's the ticket – once you looked injustice in the face and saw the tears of the Lord, you give a shit. You can't turn back. No matter how tough, how painful or how crazy it may seem – you have to keep moving. Keep caring – keep praying.[@more@]

It seems odd to write these words on a labtop in a nice house in Idaho. Yet I believe they are true. I may have never seen the kind of war or injustice as pictured in Blood Diamond – but I have seen the gulit, the pain, the trauma and the bondage of sin.

We live in a war. All of us. There are no supply officers – we are all on the front lines. We MUST fight.

Yes – there are days when I want to give in and forget the dreams, the passions and the work that God has given me. I look across the fence and wonder if it would be easier to not be a Christian. 

Yet, I must continue. Jermiah once said, "There's a fire in my bones! I must keep speaking the words of the Lord."  (my paraphrase)   I've seem too much. Felt too much – been too close. No mater what I must keep preaching the Kingdom of God. It is the ONLY hope in this world.

It is the hope that will bring peace, love, joy, forgiveness, and life. Yes – it may be head. Nay – it WILL be hard. The evil one does not like us – but the Kingdom as come and is coming. We must care on. He is by our side – let us march forth to the battle – crying as one:

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty. Who was and is and is to come 

Vexxarr: Infestation

I couldn't help it.. I HAD to post this comic…. it was too funny to pass up.. Tongue out

If you need a backgound, check out Vexxarr on a local computer screen near you. Preferable the same screen you're viewing this at… but, not necessarily. If your neighbor has a screen next to you, use their. Share the wealth. Laughing